New Britain, CT – Tonight the Somerset Patriots (34-24) visit the New Britain Bees (27-30) for the rubber game of a three game midweek series. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 p.m. from New Britain Stadium. Download today’s comprehensive game notes. Somerset is 2-3 against New Britain this season. They play each other five times the final 12 games of the first half. Somerset dropped the series opener 7-0 but bounced back nicely with a convincing 10-2 win last night thanks in large part to Carlos Guzman’s Grand Slam.
Starting Pitching Matchup
Lefty Rudy Owens (0-0, 0.00 ERA) toes the rubber for Somerset while righty hurler Kyle Simon (1-1, 2.25 ERA) will toss for New Britain.
The Patriots lead the Atlantic League in runs scored with 291
With 12 games remaining, the Patriots lead the Ducks by 2.0 games in the Liberty Division race. Somerset’s lead was as many as 6.0 games. The Patriots do indeed own the tiebreaker. The Ducks are visiting the Revolution for an evening contest.
Somerset has won 9 of their last 12 games and has won three straight series
Start Me Up
In the last 20 games the starting pitchers for the Patriots have been very effective. They have yielded 40 earned runs in 120.1 innings which is good for 3.00 ERA.
Eggs Sunny Side Up
Aharon Eggleston is hitting .355 in the month of June.
Guz Is The Man
During his last 11 games, Carlos Guzman has raised his batting average from .199 to .246. He is 17-for-41 (.415) with 15 RBI and 4 SBs. He has hit safely in 10 of his last 11 games and has 11 RBI in his last five games.
LaHair Hammering Opposition
Bryan LaHair is 16-for-28 (.571) during his season-high eight game hitting streak. He has 3 HRs, 8 BBs, 10 RBI.
Time To Grind
From June 11th to July 9th the Somerset Patriots do not have an off day. They are playing 30 straight games to close the first half.
Somerset has swiped the most bases in the league with 85. That’s 27 more than the next closest team. Scott Kelly leads the league with 23. Mycal Jones is third in league with 19.
Patience Is A Virtue
The Patriots have drawn 30 more walks than the next closest team in the league
My Rewards Code
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